Mark Footitt has re-joined Nottinghamshire after Surrey confirmed that the fast bowler has left the club due to personal reasons.
The club issued a statement in which they said that they had reluctantly agreed to release Footitt as he had been unable to settle in London away from his partner and daughter.
Footitt signed for Surrey in October 2015 after leaving Derbyshire. He said that he is “hugely appreciative” of the club’s decision to let him leave. He has now opted to move back to Trent Bridge, the place where he made his first-class debut after graduating from the academy.
Speaking to www.kiaoval.com Footitt said, “When I signed for Surrey CCC, I looked forward to a long and successful career at the Kia Oval. However, I’ve not been able to settle in London, away from my partner and my daughter.”
He went on to say that they have “really struggled” being apart and that by moving to London he had removed himself from family support. Footitt said that they tried to solve the problems but ultimately decided it was best to ask for his release from Surrey.
He went on to thank the club, and in particular Alec Stewart, for their understanding and said that he is “hugely appreciative of their decision to allow me to leave and be back with my family.”
Nottinghamshire director of cricket, Mick Newell, sold the club’s website, “Mark wants to come back and play his cricket in the east midlands, so we’re very pleased to have the opportunity to sign him and welcome him back to Trent Bridge. He’s obviously blossomed as a cricketer since he was last here, and we believe he can help us go where we want to go for the rest of this season and in the following two seasons at least.”